In January 2010, in a coordinated planning session hosted by the Halton Multicultural Council, more than 15 organizations identified the need for coordinated cross-sector planning targeted at improving quality of life for newcomers. There was general agreement for a local coordinated newcomer planning initiative, the Halton Newcomer Strategy (HNS), which would assist stakeholders to move the community forward.
In March 2010, the HNS received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a twelve month Local Immigration Partnership Project (LIP). The goal of the initiative is to research the newcomer community in Halton, identify available settlement services and work with partners to develop a local settlement strategy, based on community consultations. This report titled "Profile of Halton Newcomers" is a component of the deliverables. This document researches and reports on the immigrant population in the Halton community, available settlement services and the capacity of the service providers.